Make These Homemade Christmas Ornaments during School Break

This homemade Christmas ornaments project was created a few years ago when clear glass ornaments first started popping up in the Christmas aisles of the local craft store.  Surely, there is something fun we can do with them!

Make homemade Christmas ornaments with clear balls using paint and a marble for a simple process perfect for kids of all ages. Completely tree-worthy!

Homemade Ornaments for Kids by filling clear ornaments with white paint.

DIY Ornaments From Clear Plastic Ornaments

Since that time, clear plastic ornaments have also appeared.  If you are doing this with kids, I recommend using the clear plastic version.

Have your kids help you make multiple of these homemade Christmas ornaments! They make great gifts and be sure to make some extras to decorate your tree!

clear plastic Christmas ornaments with succulents, glitter stickers, melted wax, and strings.
I’m loving the glitter polka dots on the clear plastic Christmas ornaments.

If you haven’t checked out our massive list of ways to fill clear ornament balls, don’t miss it! We have so many clear ornament ideas for kids.

Making unique and festive clear DIY Christmas ornaments could also be a fun advent activity as well!

DIY Painted Christmas Ornaments

I wanted to figure out a way to create pattern within the clear glass ball.

Kinda like building a ship in a bottle only the easy, kid version.

We ended up using the glass version because my boys are a bit older, but there are acrylic clear balls available that can be even easier when making Christmas ornaments with small kids.

We had done a marble painting project awhile back and I thought that might work inside the ornament.

If I could plop some paint in the bottom and then gently drop a small marble inside, I could create lines with the paint by manipulating the marble.

homemade christmas ornaments marble for painting

I found some of the kids’ magnetic spheres that fit well into the top of the ornament.  We used these instead of marbles.

Because of the weight of the spheres, it was really important to roll them into place gently and then use a swirling motion instead of a shaking motion.

In goes the marble to the diy Christmas ball ornaments.

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DIY Christmas Ball Ornaments

These paint swirled ornaments not only look great on your tree, but it could also make a wonderful gift for loved ones as well. Grandparents will have a keepsake to remember their grandchild by.

Supplies Needed To Make DIY Painted Ornaments:


How To Paint Ornaments

We had a couple different ornament painting ideas and each of the are easy to do. However, you can add whatever you want to them making these DIY Christmas ball ornaments all your own!

We found that you could do multi-colors if you waited between layers. We also found that you could mix the paint and glitter if patience was involved.

I used floor wax {which dries clear} with the glitter to adhere it to the inside of the clear ball if I wanted the glitter to be on the outside layer.

Painted Ornament Ideas

Here are some of our favorite DIY painted Christmas ornaments that we created:

These paint swirl ornaments with white in it making it look like a planet
This paint swirl ornament makes me think of like opal or something you’d see in space. It is unique and I love it.

Clear Ball Ornament That Looks Like Clouds

This one is simply white paint in the bottom and then swirled with the marble.

I tried to graduate the swirling so that the white was denser at the bottom and thinned at the top of the ornament.   It reminded me of clouds.

DIY painted Christmas ornaments with white paint to make it look like snow
This DIY painted Christmas ornament looks very pretty and looks like a snowy wonderland!

This is the same ornament on a tree tied with red curling ribbon. The glass has a pretty iridescence that catches the light.

Clear plastic Christmas ornaments with red and glitter paint
I am loving the sparkles in this clear plastic Christmas ornaments!

Clear Ball Ornament Painted with Glitter

This one used red paint first in the same swirling motion and then a secondary layer of green glitter.   In this case, we simply shook the glitter into the ball while the paint was still wet.

My 8 year old made this one.

clear plastic ornaments with rainbow colors and glitter

This was my 5 year old’s creation.   He used the floor wax first and then added both red and green glitter.

Once that dried he stuffed in some of the red and green curling ribbon.   It is hard to fully appreciate how pretty this looks in a photograph.

It is my favorite from the day.

homemade christmas ornaments glitter and white

Clear Ball Ornament with Wax and Glitter

This one started with white paint and then added wax and clear glitter.

My kids LOVED this project. I would advise that an adult take off the ornament tops and make sure there aren’t sharp surfaces there. We did end up breaking a ball, but the mess was easily contained. It reminded us of coloring Easter eggs which is always a favorite family activity.

The final homemade Christmas ornaments are beautiful! We could add personalized tags and they would make a great gift that the child created himself.

Make These Homemade Christmas Ornaments during School Break

Homemade Ornaments for Kids

Make homemade Christmas ornaments using paint and a marble for a simple process perfect for kids of all ages. Completely tree-worthy!


  • dozen or more clear Christmas ornament balls
  • small marble or ball bearing
  • paint
  • floor wax and fine glitter {if desired}
  • curling ribbon


  1. Add either paint or floor wax to the clear ornament.
  2. Then add glitter if desired.
  3. Put lid back on and shake it around so the wax or paint, and glitter, coat the clear ornament.
  4. Add ribbon to the top of the ornament and curl it if desired.
  5. Once dry, add a hook and hang it up!


We found that you could do multi-colors if you waited between layers. We also found that you could mix the paint and glitter if patience was involved.

I used floor wax {which dries clear} with the glitter to adhere it to the inside of the clear ball if I wanted the glitter to be on the outside layer.

Homemade Christmas Ornaments Ideas for Kids

Check out these fun holiday ideas that are simple enough to get the whole family involved:

homemade ornaments kids can make

26 Homemade ornaments that kids can help make is a great resource for finding simple projects that fit the items you already have on hand. You and your kids can create homemade ornaments to give as gifts, hang on your tree and cherish for Christmases to come.

Craft Stick Snowflakes Three Hanging

Make craft stick snowflakes with your kids is one of my favorite projects because it is deceptively simple. Simple that it only takes a few supplies and is great for crafters of all ages, but complex in the results. Hand kids these supplies with a mission to make a snowflake, and I promise no two will look the same!

Add a ribbon to these and they make great tree ornaments.

Kid-Made Christmas Wreath

Check out our kid-made wreath project that is easy and fun and makes a great craft for home, school or church. This project can be easily assembled ahead of time for a group of kids and managed with adult supervision.

These homemade wreath ornaments look so pretty hanging together on a tree.

What type of ornament are you making this year?  Tell us about it below!


  1. Oh I love how these turned out! I have plans on making a few ornaments with my 4 year old! We will have to give this a try!

  2. I just bought a ton of the clear plastic ones from the craft store and was thinking along the same lines! It will be interesting to see what the children come up with! Thanks for all of the tips, yours turned out fantastic!

  3. Great idea. I myself have been creating some home made items. There is nothing quite like being original, different and letting the kids help out. I love your ornaments.

  4. Be careful with plastic. I’ve done this with glass before with my kids with great results but then tried plastic because I had a whole group of very young kids. The paint we used wasn’t sticking very well to the plastic. So, make sure you use paint that definitely sticks to plastic if you use plastic ones!

  5. Those are super cute! I like the idea of using a marble to manipulate the paint.

  6. Wow, I love this idea! How pretty they turned out!

  7. You mentioned magnetic, i wonder what would happen if you manipulated the ball bearing inside with a magnet on the outside??? hmmmm. i’ll have to give it a try. thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. what paint did you use ?
    the paint i have been using make the balls come out in solid colour..iv spent a lot of money on this and its not working out

  10. I just used the tempura paint I had left over from other projects.

  11. Lizzie Saito says:

    Thanks for sharing bauble marbles! I think they will look more beautiful when they are highlighted by hand blown glass figurines also hanging on the tree!

  12. These are great…about how much paint do you put in to each oranament?

  13. Great fun for kids. Thanks for inspiration.

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